By Greg Growden
Jack Fingleton is one of Australian cricket's most important and intriguing characters. In John Arlott's words: 'He is himself?and a diverse himself it is.'Fingleton was an outstanding opening batsman with a reputation for fearlessness against the most hostile and dangerous opening attacks. He faced up to England's feared 'Bodyline' bowlers, and became the first batsman in history to score four successive Test centuries.Later he gained a reputation as possibly Australia's greatest cricket writer, with his work syndicated throughout Australia and overseas. He also moved in the corridors of power as a political journalist, and was on intimate terms with several prime ministers. He was the author of a number of authoritative books, including Cricket Crisis and Brightly Fades the Don.Fingleton led a varied and at times turbulent life. Married to the daughter of noted feminist Jessie Street, over several decades he was involved in an on-again, off-again feud with one-time teammate Sir Donald Bradman. Greg Growden's access to previously unpublished correspondence has helped him shed new light on their relationship, and on the rich life of a witty, evocative, complex and altogether unforgettable Australian.
By Kathryn Elliott
Thrift stores, flea markets, basements, and attics offer plenty of inexpensive ¿ or even free materials that, with a little imagination and transformation, can become exquisite decorative items.But do you feel at a loss when you look at that battered table, those surplus chairs or those seemingly past-their-prime decorative objects? Dozens of beautiful and unique projects provide the answer to you quandary with a wealth of inspiration and how-to guidance.So, instead of regretfully passing by that bargain, you¿ll eagerly apply painted finishes and other craft techniques to bring out the hidden beauty in almost any kind of furniture and accent pieces. Discarded wooden cupboard doors give a boring hallway new life as a Secrete Garden., and pair of beaten-up lamps become living room accessories. Recycle an old trunk by making it into a table. Re-upholster outdated chairs with the magic of a glue gun and some fabric.